P.S. Thanks Piglet68 for just locking the thread temporarily instead of removing it! I'm with Clarity in that I appreciate that .
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2/4/04 at 1:34pm
|Originally posted by aussiemum
Anothermama, if a child ran out into a street & his mum was right there, would you let him get hit by a car because it's the mum's responsibility to look out for him? That's a rhetorical question, btw.....
Some folks do not have the option to homeschool. Some folks don't want to homeschool. They have a right to have their child safe in a public school, IMO.
|Originally posted by oceanbaby
Whatever. I don't know how much clearer I can state that I would do whatever I possibly could to make sure my child did not bring any peanut products in their school. Lip service is saying you will do something and then not doing it.
The parents of peanut allergic children themselves have said they feel inconvenienced by having to take precautions. But I'm somehow selfish and inconsiderate because I might also feel inconvenienced while taking the same precautions? Talk about not listening to another's position.
|Originally posted by pumpkinhead
Do we not cater to minorities everyday in our lives? Do store and schools not have wheelchair access ramps? Do our payphones not have volume controls for the hearing impaired? Do our elevators not have brail beside the number keys? Most schools have to install elevators and ramps if there is just one child who requires them. Perhaps all of these things do not inconvenience us per se, but they do inconvenience us in that they utilize funds from our taxpayer dollars. They are also cases of entire institutions catering to minorities.
Please know, I am not trying to annoy you here. Just trying to maintain an intelligent debate.
|One difference: life threatening. And since when did allergies become a disability?|
|Originally posted by dreadmama
I don't understand why it is better for a private school to ban peanuts over a public school? And there would be the same inconsistancies with a private school as with public schools (parents bringing or sending products with peanuts, etc.).
This is a no brainer for me!
|Originally posted by shelbean91
When an allergy is life threatening, it is very well a disability. This isn't just stuffy noses, runny eyes, sinus headaches- this is hospitalization or death, within a very short amount of time. I don't think anyone is saying peanut free is solving the problem, nor is it giving parents peace of mind because they know that any day there could be an innocent mistake.
Yes, it is putting some responsiblities on others, but if you don't want to change your lifestyle and accept the responsiblity to accomodate the needs of the highly allergic student, pull your own child out of school and homeschool- that's your right. Putting out a letter to keep peanuts out of school isn't accomodating a 'whim' of the child and parent, it is helping reduce the chance of death.
Putting your child in a carseat isn't going to guarantee they will survive a crash, but it will greatly increase their chances. Just like removing peanuts won't guarantee an allergic reation won't happen, but it will greatly reduce the chances.
|Originally posted by mamamaya
This is what I don't understand. There seems to be a group within this discussion that thinks peanut allergy children should be homeschooled, tutored, private schooled, whatever...I'm just wondering, how do you feel about allowing other children with disablilitie into the classroom? Do you feel they should be homeschooled as well?
The second thing I don't understand is if you don't feel the allergy is a disability, why should the child be homeschooled?
I don't think that that's what people on the other fence are
getting so upset about. I thinkl what's happening here is that there is a deeper dynamic at play here about children with disablilites---and where they belong. Why should someone who is a little different have to stay home, or go to private school???
Glad this thread is back
|Originally posted by pumpkinhead
You've just described a huge percentage of those who are peanut allergic. This thing about this allergy is that those who have it react with moderate to severe anaphylaxsis upon even minute exposure. These children do just fine, for the most part, in peanut free classrooms/zones.
No one can prevent accidents! NO ONE! But accidents happen to all of us regardless of the most careful planning. I don't think children should be isolated from their peers just becaause an accident *could* happen. If this were so, we'd never let any of our children do anything ever! It's like saying : I'm not going to let little jenny go to the play ground every because the possibility that she might fall off the monkey bars is too great.